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Savory Pie Placinta Cu Varza Recipe

Placinta cu varza - a rustic savory pie, technically a huge pan fried Gnocchi, pizza dough stuffed with mashed potatoes or sauerkraut and crisped up to a golden perfection in a cast iron skillet.
Course Entree
Cuisine European
Keyword placinta, savory pie
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 36kcal
Author Florentina


  • 1 batch this rustic Italian pizza dough
  • 2 lb sauerkraut drained well (or mashed potatoes)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + more as needed
  • 1 bunch dill roughly chopped
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Make the pizza dough for Placinta.
  • Heat up 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet. Saute the onion with a pinch of sea salt until it starts to get a little color. Stir in the caraway seeds and sauerkraut and cook together for a few minutes until the sauerkraut starts to get a little color as well.
  • Adjust seasonings to your taste with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Set aside to cool.
  • Flatten each piece of the pizza dough to 1/2 inch thickness and spoon some of the sauerkraut or mashed potato in the center.
  • Sprinkle with some of the dill and fold over the edges to cover the filling and create a seal. Flatten down gently using the palm of your hand or a rolling pin.
  • Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium flame and add a drop of olive oil, just enough to coat the entire surface. Add the pies one at a time and crisp them up on each side until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a plate and serve hot.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg